Danielle is occasionally known as Sydney, or Rebecca, or Helen – or whatever her mother decides her alias will be this time around. She is eighteen and has been a sidekick to her moms stealing habits since she was a little girl. Together they travel from town to town listening to the towns people talk, making friends but keeping low profiles until they get the information they are looking for on the wealthy and their homes, on the types of security they use – or choose not to…..
and that is when they make their move.
While Danielle’s mom hangs on local men as part of the way she unwinds, Danielle is left to herself. She does not attend school. She has no friends… at least not until they find their way to a beachfront town called Heaven. While Danielle is out on the beach doing as her mother requires of her – finding out what she can about the rich and their homes… Danielle actually meets teens her own age that like her. For the first time, she feels what it is like to have friends and even – a boyfriend… and then she finds out that these new friends… are actually who her mom and her are planning to target.
Ok…. fair warning…. this is going to be a scorcher.
I really wanted to like this book and I did like Danielle…. but unfortunately there was so much about the story I did not like…. I will not give spoilers so I am cautiously going to say that I was appalled at the life that Danielle and her excuse of a mother lived. Danielle is put in all sorts of situations as her mother brings men home through the years – one man and situation in particular had steam coming out of my ears and the way her mother (yes the mother again) responds to the situation made me want to throw the book across the room.
I am not saying that Danielle held no part to blame in this book but she really never had a good example to begin with. Her dad was completely absent and her mother was fine with whatever she did. The mom (what was her name anyway?) had so much baggage and issues that she brought down on her daughter that I wanted to grab Danielle by the shoulders and say, “You are 18!!! Get out of this situation and get into a healthy life style!!!” Yet, Danielle in her not fully present wishy washy way – never seems to come to realize that she does not have to live this way.
Talk about Co-dependency.
While one may argue that in the end things seem to turn around… I have to say for me it was too little, too late.
I have heard good things about Elizabeth Scott’s writing and I would try her again.
The 2011 WHERE Are You Reading map has been updated to include Stealing Heaven
I borrowed this book form my local library